Wea. Clear SAT. MARCH 28, 1896 Ther. 40
Pa went to Jamestown. Got me a pair of crutches.
|A day at the beach with Lil, daughter Ruthie and the grandchildren (Dad center). Allen far right with elevated shoe.|
Wea. cloudy MON. MARCH 28, 1898 Ther.
In morning went over on the other place and got some shingle + Bert Bingham and I began shingling the corn house on the Webster Place. We are to have a dollar a piece. Stayed all night with Bert.
Wea. TUE. MARCH 28, 1899 Ther.
In A.M. Randsom + I cut sugar wood and gathered sap in P.M. we split the wood and I boiled sap. Worked all day as I didn’t have to go to school on account of regent’s examination.
Wea. WED. MARCH 28, 1900 Ther.
Rode to school with Gordon. Had an examination in Advanced English + English Composition. Ma and Rollie went over to grandma’s. Got a letter from Ellen King.
Wea. THU. MARCH 28, 1901 Ther.
NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd
Wea. FRI. MARCH 28, 1902 Ther.
Drew a load of hay. Went to factory. Grandma went over to pa’s.
Wea. SAT. MARCH 28, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st
Editor's Note: Since we did not know the story of how Allen hurt his leg we asked the cousins and were told to the best of their collective memory that Allen stepped in a "cow hole" when he was young and trapped his foot. In pulling him free from this position his foot was badly broken but no one sought medical attention and it became infected.
I heard this story a few weeks ago and hadn't shared it yet but then the mention of crutches on this day in 1896 made it a likely opportunity. However, just this week, after much sorting (still no where near done) I took the time to read something I found that my grandmother Mabel wrote. She tells a slightly different story which makes one wonder if the complete and true story ever was known...
Reading her account reminded me of something else she wrote that I read a few months ago about her hurting herself as a child. It makes me appreciate Allen's young experience and his response to Mabel's injury all the more.
“Did you ever have stitches or broken bones?”
Mabel: “Oh yes - I fell out of a buggy in the Big Barn. Father + Mother drove 7 miles to Kennedy to Dr. Purcell who set it. Coming home the horse ran away. Pulled my Dad out of the buggy. Dragged him a long way but he hung on to the lines + stopped the horse. The horse had become frightened at a steam engine".
Um, wow that would have been something to see.